Broncos lose 3 DBs to injuries in loss to Bills

The Denver Broncos’ defensive backfield is suddenly banged up
after losing three regulars – including safety Brian Dawkins – to
injuries during a 40-14 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Saturday.

Dawkins aggravated a neck injury in the first quarter. It’s the
same injury that forced the 16-year veteran to sit out a 41-23 loss
to New England a week earlier.

Broncos cornerback Quinton Carter did not return because of a
hamstring injury, while safety Chris Harris sustained a pinched
nerve while tackling quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick in the fourth
quarter.

Denver coach John Fox had no immediate update on the status of
his players. Denver (8-7) is tied with Oakland atop the AFC West
and is still in contention to clinch its first playoff berth since
2005.

The Broncos host Kansas City in their season finale next
week.

The Bills’ injury troubles worsened, particularly along a
patchwork offensive line that’s already missing its top player,
center Eric Wood.

Left tackle Demetrius Bell hurt his knee in the second half and
did not return. Kraig Urbik, who was starting at center, did not
return after hurting his right knee in the first half.

With Urbik out, Colin Brown took over at center and was
inconsistent in snapping the ball in shotgun situations.

The Bills also lost another tight end, reserve Mike Caussin, who
hurt his right knee on a kickoff return in the third quarter.
Caussin was forced to start Saturday because Scott Chandler was
playing on a sore ankle and Lee Smith was placed on injured reserve
last week.

Without going into detail, coach Chan Gailey said the prospects
didn’t look good for any of the three players being healthy enough
to play in Buffalo’s season finale at New England next week.

The Bills also lost receiver Brad Smith in the second half with
a hip flexor. Gailey did not have an update on Smith.